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Homework Help: Organic Chemistry

Posted by Anonymous on Monday, October 1, 2012 at 2:29pm.

In lab, we did an oxidation of 2-ethyl-1, 3-hexanediol with acetic acid and sodium hydrochlorite. I understand the acid is the solvent and in combination with NaOCl produces hypochlorous acid the oxidizing agent. Then we mix with an ice salt mixture and then extract with ether before washing with sodium carbonate and sodium hydroxide. The part that confuses me is the washing. Both sodium carbonate and sodium hydroxide are neutralizers so why are both used? Wouldn't once suffice?

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